James S. Friedman, Esq.

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Telephone: 732-979-2259 Ext: 101
Fax: 732-579-8311

5 Elm Row #300
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Areas of Practice
»Criminal Defense
»Business Litigation

James S. Friedman has been an attorney since 1992. Jim received his bachelor's degree from New York University in 1982, his master's degree from The University of Michigan in 1985, and his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1991. While in law school, Jim was selected as a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, and received the Philip K. Yonge Memorial Award in Bankruptcy and Commercial Law.

Originally from New York City, Jim relocated to New Jersey after graduating from law school to serve as a judicial law clerk to a Federal bankruptcy judge. Following his clerkship, Jim was associated with several of the State's more prominent law firms. At this stage of his career, most of his work focused on complex civil and commercial disputes in the State and Federal courts of New Jersey and New York. His cases ran the gamut from bankruptcy, commercial/business litigation and foreclosure cases, to environmental and employment litigation and land use matters.

Jim opened his own firm in January, 2000. Since that time, his practice has focused on two areas. Jim represents adult and juvenile defendants in criminal cases in the State and Federal trial courts of New Jersey and New York. Jim's clients include individuals charged with indictable/felony offenses, non-indictable/misdemeanor offenses, and traffic infractions and other local matters in the New Jersey Municipal Courts and the town courts of New York State. Jim also represents defendants seeking to appeal criminal convictions from the New Jersey trial courts to the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court, and from the Federal district courts located in New Jersey to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Additionally, Jim handles municipal appeals from the New Jersey Municipal Courts to the New Jersey Superior Court.

Further, Jim represents business owners in a wide array of commercial matters in the state and federal courts of New Jersey. This area of his practice includes attempting to negotiate the resolution of collection disputes as efficiently as possible, representing business clients in commercial litigation cases in the New Jersey Superior Court when negotiations have failed to produce acceptable results and, if necessary, representing business creditors in the United States Bankruptcy Court. Jim's commercial creditor clients, which include a wide array of businesses, come to him from throughout New Jersey, other states and other countries.

Jim is committed to providing personalized, cost-effective legal solutions in all of his matters. He is very practical and results-oriented in his approach to cases. He understands that most of his clients do not reach out for an attorney because of some positive event that has occurred in their personal or business lives; rather, clients contact him because they have a problem that must be solved as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

Jim's diverse background and wide array of experience have equipped him to function effectively in a wide array of courtroom environments. He is admitted to practice before all of the state courts of New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts, the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States Courts of Appeals for the First and Third Circuits, the United States Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Jim lives in northern New Jersey. His personal interests include photography, outdoor sports and activities, music and weight training.

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New Jersey
New York
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
U.S. Supreme Court


Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, 1991
Juris Doctor Degree
Honors: Member, Moot Court Honor Society
Honors: Recipient, Philip K. Yonge Memorial Award

University of Michigan, 1985
Master's Degree

New York University, 1982
Bachelor's Degree
Honors: Recipient, Founders' Day Award for Academic Achievement

Client Reviews
"I hired Mr. Friedman to represent my son in a criminal matter that could have landed him in jail. Nobody in our family had ever been involved with the criminal justice system before, so this was all very new to us. He was very patient, answered all of our questions, and made sure we understood everything each step of the way. By the time the case was over, my son had a reduced charge for which he only had to pay some fines." Anonymous
"Mr. Friedman represented me when I was one of several students caught with drugs in a college dorm room. I was set to graduate at the end of the semester, and thought this case would ruin my life. He got my charges dismissed, and the record expunged. This lawyer was a total lifesaver!" Anonymous
"Our daughter has mental health issues. She got into a scuffle with the police and was charged with assaulting an officer. Our attorney, Jim Friedman, was able to show the prosecutor and Judge that the real problem here was her mental stability. She was placed on probation and avoided jail time. Most other lawyers we spoke to refused to take this case, but Jim Friedman took it and got us a great result. Thank you Mr. Friedman!" Anonymous
"I had federal criminal charges and felt totally lost. I was one of who knows how many defendants in this case, and I read on the Internet that almost everyone in federal court end up with a prison sentence, so I was really scared. My first lawyer, who told me that I would probably spend at least some time in prison, barely gave me the time of day after I paid him. Then I hired Jim Friedman to represent me. He stayed with me throughout the entire process. He was always available to answer my questions, and never let me lose hope. He negotiated aggressively with the federal prosecutor and I ended up with a short term of probation. I knew I would get convicted of something, but this lawyer kept me out of jail." Anonymous
"The only part of my trial that was better than watching Mr. Friedman question the witnesses was when the jury came out and said “not guilty” over and over again. You have to see this lawyer in court!" Anonymous
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